2002 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Safe, powerful, no mechanical

2002 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Safe, powerful, no mechanical problems,
By Felipe M Pait on


2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Drives very well, "dynamic safety" is
the buzzword. Standard safety features
do not tempt buyer to economize in the
wrong places. Station wagon's trunk
spacious for car size. Engine has a lot
of power, actually way more than needed.
Fuel economy with turbo manual is
_better_ than EPA rating; I get 30 mpg
in my normal drive. No mechanical
problems after 2 years, 25K miles,
Boston winters.

Quibbles: Windshield wipers noisy.
Console in GLS model has to be in the up
position, otherwise it interferes with
stick shift, better not have one. Car
was delivered without proper wheel
balancing and alignment: dealer fixed at
no cost, but still.

Best Features

Turbo engine power and mileage. Straightforward exterior and interior design. Station wagon's trunk.

Worst Features

Factory or dealer should check small details like wheel alignment & balancing, windshield wiper noise, before shipping.
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